Monday, April 14, 2014

Ewe gotta be kidding

Farmer Paddy Murphy of Ballymore Eustace, Ireland, has a new-born geep. A goat/sheep hybrid resulting from a male goat mating with a female sheep, the rare animals are usually stillborn. Surviving examples are typified with legs longer than those of a sheep, and with the coarse hair and horns of a goat. Murphy notes that his geep’s horns are already coming in.

Murphy remarked that he’d seen one of his goats mating with a sheep, but assumed nothing would come of the union. The geep has been “a great source of craic (gossip) for the lads in the pub,” he says. The pub, owned by Murphy, may hold a competition to name the geep.

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